Doctor Roulston, I presume


In 1871 journalist Henry Morton Stanley was dispatched to Africa by the New York Herald to find David Livingstone who, after his putative discovery of the Falls, his admirable efforts to emancipate the locals from slavery, and his questionable attempts to convert the locals to Christianity, had been disconcertingly quiet for some time. In November of that year he found him residing on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and greeted him, with typical Victorian restraint and formality, with the now-famous phrase ‘Doctor Livingstone, I presume’.

In tribute, the impressive Victoria Falls Hotel has a cocktail named the ‘I presume’. Being a lapsed and errant Doctor myself, I could hardly resist.

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